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4 years part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications due 31 December 2018


Gain the skills and knowledge to become a licensed electrician with a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician at Victoria Polytechnic.

Combine on-the-job training with your employer with this practical and theoretical course. You’ll learn to complete all phases of electrical systems and equipment including:

  • installation
  • testing
  • fault finding
  • repair
  • maintenance.

Completing this course satisfies the Electrical Regulatory Authority Council’s requirements to sit the licensing exam to become a licensed electrician.

This is an apprenticeship course; you must be employed as an apprentice electrician.  

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[Supp. Desc. Info] UEE30811 - Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician


Gain the skills to become a licensed electrician and learn to complete all phases of electrical systems and equipment


Electrical skills are highly sought after. An electrical qualification can lead to a career as a domestic, commercial or industrial electrician. Victoria University has a hands on approach to learning, combining theory with practical to ensure strong understanding. Our training programs have been developed so students can see the techniques being implemented, showing the relevance of the training.

Job titles

  • Air conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics
  • Electronics Trades Workers
  • Telecommunications Trades Workers

Organisations employing electrotechnology - electrician graduates

Graduates can typically find employment across several industries including: Manufacturing; Construction; and Mining.


The average earnings for qualified electricians in Australia is A$73,580 (Job Outlook).

Employment rates

There has been strong employment growth for electricians in the past five years and growth is expected to continue (Job Outlook).

Course structure

To be awarded UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician course, a student must successfully complete the following units of competency, comprising of:

  • all core units, and;

  • a combination of electives achieving a total weighing of 140 points of which: 

  • units may be selected, which does not exceed a maximum value of sixty (60) points, from Group A, and;

  • units must be selected, with a minimum value of eighty (80) and do not exceed a maximum value of one hundred and forty (140) points, from Group B.

Note: Units from Group A, include imported units from other training packages and/or state accredited courses which are first packaged at AQF Level 3.  If units have not been assigned a weighting by the relevant EE-Oz Industry Technical Advisory Committee, their weighting will be ten (10) points.



Group A

Group B

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at Victoria Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation, may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the training package and be assessed as appropriate by Victoria Polytechnic.

This qualification provides training and assessment for students to select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain electrical systems and equipment in builds (commercial and domestic) and premises.

The course includes Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council requirements for any apprentice who wants to become a licenced electrician, in accordance with the requirements specified by Energy Safe Victoria, the electrical licensing body for Victoria.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply for this course

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

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Direct applications due 31 December 2018.

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